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New Yorkers will go appropriate out into the middle of the street, and knock down a taxi if they have to
Music Tattoos

Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken on Bleecker St., between Sullivan and Thompson, in Greenwich Village.

Note: I chose this as my &quotphoto of the day&quot for Nov 21, 2014.


This set of images is based on a really straightforward concept: stroll each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To keep away from missing something, stroll each sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be more ambitious, you could also stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is a lot more than I’m prepared to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, more adventurous photographers.

Oh, in fact, there’s 1 much more little detail: leave the photos alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really focus on the 1st of these &quotevery-block&quot photographs, I will have taken a lot more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus another a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the numerous spots in NYC where I traditionally take images. So I do not count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photographs, and hope that I will be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilised to select the little subset of every single-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. Initial, I will upload any photo that I think is &quotgreat,&quot and exactly where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-friends will be, &quotI have no thought when or where that photo was taken, but it really is actually a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third requires time. I’m hoping that I will take some photographs that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anybody who looks at it. Clearly, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will find other, far more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be in a position to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to somebody from an additional component of the nation, or an additional part of the globe, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there may be some photos exactly where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/lovely/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I remember wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing different shops, stores, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually seeking at the photographs about five years later, and being stunned by how much had changed. Small by small, retailer by shop, day by day, issues alter … and when you have been about as lengthy as I have, it is even much more incredible to go back and appear at the photos you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did people genuinely wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be seeking at these each-block photographs 5 or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, also), I’m going to be performing my very best to capture scenes that convey the sense that they have been taken in the year 2013 … or at least sometime in the decade of the 2010’s (I have no notion what we’re calling this decade yet). Or perhaps they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years after 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial instance of such a time-certain image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I do not know if I’ll in the end make a decision that they are worth uploading. Women’s style/styles are one more apparent instance of a time-certain phenomenon and even though I am definitely not a style professional, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to appear at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly put on shirts like that? Did ladies truly put on these weird skirts that are brief in the front, and extended in the back? Did everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional instance: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that every person has one, which surely wasn’t accurate a decade ago and it seems that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their complete conscious attention riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may well be going on (among other things, that tends to make it very straightforward for me to photograph them with out their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a telephone conversation). But I can’t support wondering whether or not this type of social behavior will look bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

If you have any ideas about areas that I should definitely visit to get some excellent pictures, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your little corner of New York City, please let me know. You can send me a Flickr-mail message, or you can email me directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

Remain tuned as the photo-stroll continues, block by block …